sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., issued a scathing statement on Thursday blaming “Washington Republicanism” for the Republican Party’s mixed performance on Election Day.
“Washington Republican lost big Tuesday night,” Hawley tweeted Thursday morning after the GOP lost several key races in Pennsylvania and elsewhere that it needed to win to regain a majority of the Senate.
“If your ‘agenda’ for insulin collapses on Big Pharma, for Schumer on gun control and Green New Deal (“infrastructure”), and teases changes in Social Security and Medicare, you lose,” Hawley said, telling his colleagues. support for bipartisan agreements on arms control and infrastructure.
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“What do Republicans actually do for working people?” he added. “How about, for starters: stricter tariffs on China, reclaiming American jobs, running American energy at full blast, 100,000 new agents on the street. Unleash the system.”
The Missouri senator’s complaint comes days after he said he would not support Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for another term as Republican leader.
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“I’m not sure if another senator will run or not. No one has indicated that they would. But I believe we need new leadership in that position,” he told reporters in Springfield, Missouri on Monday. Hawley made those comments at a campaign event for Senator-elect Eric Schmitt, R-Mo., who has also said he would not support McConnell.
Senate Republicans will hold leadership elections on Nov. 16. Besides Hawley opposing McConnell, Senator Rick Scott, R-Fla., has not pledged to vote for McConnell. There is speculation that Scott will throw in his hat for GOP leadership, but no formal challenger for McConnell has emerged.
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Former President Trump, who has teased a Nov. 15 announcement regarding a potential 2024 presidential campaign, has openly opposed McConnell’s leadership and vowed to see him impeached if he ever returns to the White House.
“This man doesn’t deserve to be a leader, and hopefully someone will challenge him,” Trump said said in a radio interview Nov 3. “But I’ll tell you, if I run, and if I win, he won’t be a leader.”
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Until then, McConnell will have the support of key members of his conference.
“I expect Sen. McConnell to be re-elected leader of the Republican conference. And I support him,” Wyoming told Sen. John Barrasso, the No. 3 Republican, told Politico on Wednesday. “You have to get up and say you’re going to run if you want to run for something like that in the conference. And I’ve never heard of challenges in current leadership.”